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Applied Materials reduces role in Sokudo

23 June 2009 | By Mark Osborne | News > Lithography

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Applied Materials has said that it is significantly reducing its involvement in joint venture lithography track equipment supplier Sokudo. Applied has revised its ownership position with partner Dainippon Screen from a 48% interest when the venture was established in mid-2006, to a 19% stake. Tokyo Electron has been the dominant track supplier for 300mm lithography tools.

With the significant decline in lithography sales over the last two years and the current industry downturn, Applied said that Sokudo’s global sales and service operations would be streamlined, though development work at Applied’s Maydan Technology Center would continue with Sokudo and DNS.

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